Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A third party who has been notified that money or property in his or her hands but belonging to a defendant has been seized by legal writ.
  • transitive v. To seize by garnishment: garnishee a debtor's wages.
  • transitive v. To serve with a garnishment: garnishee an employer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the person whose money is garnished
  • v. the act of attaching the property sought to be secured.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is garnished; a person upon whom garnishment has been served in a suit by a creditor against a debtor, such person holding property belonging to the debtor, or owing him money.
  • transitive v. To make (a person) a garnishee; to warn by garnishment; to garnish.
  • transitive v. To attach (the fund or property sought to be secured by garnishment); to trustee.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In law, to stop in the hands of a third person, by legal process (money due or property belonging to the plaintiff's debtor), in order to require it to be paid over to plaintiff in satisfaction of his demand: as, to garnishee the wages of a debtor, or his bank account.
  • n. In law, a person warned, at the suit of a creditor plaintiff, not to pay money which he owes to, or deliver over property which belongs to, the defendant, because he is indebted to the plaintiff.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wage earner who is served with a garnishment
  • v. take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support

Etymologies

A derivative word from garnish: from Germanic warnjan to guard: through Old French garnir: to Middle English (Wiktionary)

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